Inclusive Research Practice Guideline

Document Number000774


The University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive practice will be implemented across all core areas of the University’s activity including the core activity of research and its administration.


Managers and staff will ensure that University Research Services incorporate a respect for diversity and are conducted in an inclusive manner.


In achieving the above:

  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Director, Research Services and the Dean of Graduate Studies will:
    • encourage research activities that actively engage and foster understanding of cultural diversity;
    • provide targeted support services and infrastructure to ensure the ongoing provision of an inclusive research environment; and
    • ensure that appropriate professional development and learning opportunities are provided for staff so that they can acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work within a diverse community.
  • The Senior Executive Group will provide targeted assistance in the form of Equity Fellowships to members of minority groups currently under-represented in research, to assist them to undertake or complete research.
  • The Senior Executive Group and the Director, Human Resource Services will provide the infrastructure support for managers and supervisors to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities for providing an inclusive work and study environment.
  • Those responsible for staff appointments will recognise the need to increase the numbers of research staff from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Academic staff will ensure that University research is conducted in an inclusive manner.
  • The Senior Executive Group will monitor the effectiveness of managers and supervisors in promoting an inclusive work and study environment.
  • The Equity and Diversity Unit will make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) on ways to increase the numbers of students and staff from different social, cultural, physical and religious backgrounds undertaking research.
Approval AuthorityAcademic Senate
Policy SponsorDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Policy OwnerDirector, Research Services
Policy ContactDirector, Research Services